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- Signs, Sabian Symbols, and What It All Means -
This article covers significant aspects, degree symbols, and other important factors in this New Moon chart. We are now coming out of a huge planetary compression in Aquarius, which has put us in a Bundle Jones pattern for the last several New Moons. The next month the new understanding based in greater truths of the past month will lead us to clarity, with wisdom to be found in a broad view of things.
The last decan of Pisces is the end of the end as it cuts loose of all which cannot move into the new activity which follows Pisces. This is the next step in the new Aquarian process unfolding, where we are rewarded for our efforts and say goodbye to many things. As you know, the December Solstice accompanied the Grand Mutation at 1 Aquarius, setting a new 20 year Aquarian theme into motion for the entire world. Many old structures and assumptions will be set aside in coming years, and a broader vision, a broader understanding, and a broader “atmosphere of synthesis” will help us all see the interrelationships to things. This begins many decades of ending the extreme sense of separateness bred by the Earth materialism of the past 200 years.
The Capricorn Compressions Are Over and Aquarius Compressions Are Here!
We have been in a time of fulfilling and renewing the long term Capricorn conjunction energies of last year. As I explained in the main article on The Great Compressions of Early 2020, 2021, and 2022, in January through March 2020 we experienced the second of four consecutive compressions of planets. The first was in early 2019 when all the planets were bundled in about one third of the sky, called a Bundle pattern, which is the rarest of all. While this expanded after that, we again hit maximum compression again in March 2020, and then expanded through the rest of the year.
This clustering happened again this year in the last half of January into early February, with maximum compression was around January 19-21 when all of the planets were within a 101 degree span, creating a very intense zone of activity wherever we have late Capricorn through early Taurus. That was a very crowded house, with 10 distinct energies occupying less than 1/3 of the total space!
Depending on the position of the Moon and the inner planets relative to the outer planets, different months bring us different Jones Patterns. These patterns operate their own independent influence, regardless of which planet is in which sign.
Currently, the outer planet occupied span begins with Pluto in late Capricorn, and proceeds through Saturn and Jupiter in early Aquarius, Neptune in Pisces, and ends with Uranus in Taurus. Now that the inner planets are in between late Aquarius through late Pisces, they’re solidly in the outer planet occupied span, even as Mars continues to draw away from the span since it left Taurus.
This is the final Bundle of the year as the planets all still are within a span of 129+ degrees, about a third of the sky (excluding TransPluto, since Jones didn’t use it in defining his patterns). In this chart, we have 3 planets in Aquarius and 4 planets in Pisces all sandwiched between Pluto and Uranus in an uneven distribution. This continues our New Moon run of classic “Bundle” Jones pattern.
The Bundle Pattern and how it works
This type of spread, with all the planets occupying approximately one third of the signs with two thirds unoccupied, creates “the least common of the seven basic differentiations,” and creates a “bunching of interests or the intensive self-gathering which is least responsive to any universal stimulus” and as Dr. Jones noted in a section on another pattern, a “special obsession with some particularly narrowed aspect of experience” which characterizes the Bundle people.
He continues that “the meaning of the concentration of the ten planets in one single third of the zodiac is that the course of the native’s life is held to certain narrow bounds of opportunism,” and they are “almost completely inhibited, in contrast with the outstanding lack of inhibition in the Splash pattern. He then goes on to say that “Characteristic of the Bundle type is an outstanding capacity for making much of little, or for building small beginnings into great and often unanticipated final results.” He also notes this type can mold their world “by some highly centralized force of self-concentration.” This type is not universal in the slightest, but rather “brings universe to center.”
With Pluto in Capricorn leading the concentration of planets, and thus the entry to the entire pattern, it shows we need to be disciplined and organized as we continue our deep transformation leading us to our symbolic mountaintop, where we will find other seeker for the highest. As Pluto is relentless in its purifying power, this is a time to note the seeds of the future, and use “Economy of Energy” as the means to plan anew in some effort, as per the Saturn degree ruling all the planets in the sky.
Those of us who learned “structured mobilization” when Jupiter was in Capricorn can now demonstrate a mature and compassionate mind being fearless in its experience of the NOW. This month puts the spotlight on our physical and emotional interdependence with others in our environment, and will give us a sense of where our “island of existence within the Great Sea” interacts with others’ “islands of existence.” The coming month promises nourishment, harvests, and rewards for our past courageous efforts in rising to some necessity which needed taming.
With Mars in Gemini closing the Bundle, let all experience lead you to the pursuit of knowledge which can ensure your well-being in the future. Open up to finding ways to apply the knowledge you began to find last Spring and Summer, since that can help you take the initiative to find the knowledge you need to do well in the future.
Since Pluto will continue to open the span of experience for months to come, and Mars in Gemini will end the span of experience also for months to come, see every “entry to experience” to focus your efficiency and ability to express your Higher Self with precision, moving through the “big picture” duties and opportunities of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius, going deeper into the flow in Pisces, seeing our higher consecration in Taurus, and launching it all in diverse ways in Gemini! This leads with individual, mental, and spiritual Crystallization, and closes with emotional and social Discovery.
The Outer Planets Anchor the Pattern of A Third of the Sky
During 2018, 2019, and 2020, Jupiter played a major part in entering life experience because it was the planet leading the span. It’s why those years seemed like a wild ride, an adventure, a quest, and more! These years prepared us for the forceful awakening happening now during this time of great mobilization.
In 2020 Jupiter entered the outer planet occupied span, and will be there for several years. Last year it made multiple conjunctions with Pluto, expanding and purifying that powerful energy wherever we have late Capricorn in our charts. After Jupiter’s third and final conjunction with Pluto in November, Pluto again leads the outer planet occupied span for decades to come as that occupied span opens up after Jupiter conjuncts Uranus and moves into Gemini in 2024.
That means we’ll have “competing conjunctions” in the larger global tides, since those Capricorn conjunctions will be in play for quite a while, along with the 2020 Mars conjunct Saturn coupled with the Grand Mutation Jupiter conjunct with Saturn, both at 1 Aquarius. The Aquarian conjunctions launched a new 20 year and 200 year era, so take a look at how you organized, reorganized, or restructured your life in 2020 and see how you prepared to find power flowing to you and from you as we all move into a vaster tide of evolution related to long term Aquarian wave forms.
In this New Moon, we have two intense occupied spans. The first is the Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury all within a 17+ degree span, and the second is Venus, Neptune, Sun, and Moon between 20-24 Pisces. This month the inner planets are all concentrated between Mercury at 27 Aquarius and the Lunation at 24 Pisces, making that 26+ degree span the primary personal focus. That part of our chart will be very highly active these next 4 weeks.
The Sabian Symbol for the New Moon
A New Moon sets the seed forms for what the following month will demonstrate. This Lunation falls at 24 Pisces, and it is said that the last third decan) of any sign deals with the individual, mental, and spiritual levels of life, and being the third decan of Pisces it has a sub-influence of Scorpio with an added dose of Mars. While I've given you a sense of this degree up to now, this is where we go into depth.
The Sabian Symbol we’ve been given for the 24th degree of Pisces is "An inhabited island.” In the original notes from the Marc Jones class on the symbols published in The Astrology of Personality, Rudhyar says this is a degree of “Centralization of supernal forces,” “adaptability and inherent creativeness of man,” and “Extreme of surety in self-expression.”
In the Astrological Mandala, he states the keynote is "the need to consciously accept one’s own personal limitations in order to concentrate one’s energies and to live a centered and fulfilled life.” He notes that this symbol is one of expanding ego-boundaries so they become “a zone of intense interchange between the inner and the outer, between the individual and the community, between man and the universe.” He speaks of the need to fulfill Dharma, or the “place and function in a vaster whole.” He says it falls in the span of Protection, and it’s the technical degree of the emotional, social, and cultural level of the Scene of Perpetuation in the Act of Capitalization.
Dr. Marc E. Jones, creator of the Sabian Symbols, states that here we can demonstrate our "gift for the organization of (our) own private world in any area of (our) special interest." Here we learn about our ability to "function in a complete independence of the alien or the unfriendly" and "develop adequate resources for (our) need" even in "barren situations."
This is a phase of capitalizing on potential and coax it to fruition. He offers us the keyword CULTIVATION, and says when operating in a positive manner, this degree is "achievement through a creative opportunism or inventiveness of exceptional order."
So the specific theme of the next month involves interchanges between us and the visible and invisible world around us, where we learn “centralization.” Here our ego-function “sets boundaries” and shows our unique character, where we learn our oneness within a larger whole.
This involves techniques of emotional, social, and cultural perpetuation of deep and vast feelings and the distributive water that Pisces symbolizes. And because this was the Moon’s position at the last December Solstice it would seem that those themes are going to be the focus at the end of the Solstice timespan of influence lasting until the Equinox.
Remember that in reading a Lunation chart (as well as a horary, inceptional, electional, or any event chart) the forming aspects show things to come, while separating aspects show things already past. Partile separating aspects show what’s been going on in the Now. This section covers only forming and partile separating aspects.
We’re done with our run of transit to transit oppositions except for when the Moon is outside the occupied span. Those with planets in late Cancer, all of Leo, mid-Virgo, and early Scorpio have already been dealing with oppositions due to the outer planets, which will continue for some time to come, especially through Leo and early Virgo due to the transits of Jupiter and Saturn this year. Coming weeks will continue the oppositions to natal planets we may have in Leo, late Virgo, and early Libra, as well as early Sagittarius.
We continue to be in a time of relatively few aspects in the Lunation chart. Obviously we’re in the thick of the conflicts which will last all year and beyond, due to the Saturn square Uranus. This month we have only one significant transformational evolutionary configuration, that being the Grand Irrationality triggered by Uranus biseptile Pluto involving degree spans I gave you yesterday.
The aspects include the Lunation quintile Mars, decile Jupiter, semisquare both Saturn and Uranus, and sextile Pluto; Mercury quindecile Venus, Sun, and Neptune, trielftile Mars, quintile Uranus, and semi-sextile Pluto; Venus conjunct the Sun, quintile semi-sextile Jupiter, novile Saturn, semisquare Uranus, conjunct Neptune, and sextile Pluto; and Mars is tredecile Jupiter and trine Saturn.
Outer planet aspects are very few. We see Jupiter binovile Uranus, semi-sextile Neptune and quindecile Pluto; Saturn square Uranus and novile Neptune, and Uranus biseptile Pluto.
Special Configurations in Evolutionary Astrology
As noted, this month there is one evolutionary configuration directly in play, and noted it’s the Grand Irrationality with Uranus biseptile Pluto. These two continue to anchor the seven pointed Star of Destiny, indicating major choices and changes to any planets or points we may have near 24-28 Capricorn, 15-19 Pisces, 6-10 Taurus, 27 Gemini-1 Cancer, 18-22 Leo, 10-14 Libra, and 2-6 Sagittarius. If you have something in one or more of these zones, you’ve been making crucial long term choices all year about how you want to position yourself within a greater collective work.
While these two aspect combinations aren’t really “configurations,” they still involve several planets creating a “field of void points” which will trigger their influence. The first is as noted, the Lunation cutting the Saturn square Uranus into two semisquares, creating an internal frictional response for those with planets around 7-11 of the Fixed signs and 22-26 of the Mutable signs. The second involves the Lunation quintile Mars with Mars tredecile Jupiter and the Lunation decile Jupiter. This creates 10 “zones of specialization” which I gave you in yesterday’s overview.
This month features a lot of aspects in the specialization harmonic series. We have 4 quindeciles, 2 deciles, 4 quintiles, and 1 tredecile. Spiritual aspects include 2 noviles and 1 binovile, these showing what’s revealed may take some time to be made manifest, but also that patterns which have been gestating for a while are now coming to the fore so we can see what’s coming down the road. Basically, the 9th harmonic indicates things which need to be put on the shelf for a while, or that which has been gestating can now move forward. If you want to know more about this important “spiritual gestation” series which mark points of potential spiritual realization and integration, there are several articles in the archives.
This month we have 1 trielftile, and in the nonrational septile series, we have 1 biseptiles. The former indicate that faith is required to deal with transcending some dualities, and the latter indicate the “follow up choices and changes” to prior forks in the road of destiny.
The novile (9th harmonic), septile (7th harmonic) and elftile (11th harmonic) series all feature spiritual aspects. All novile series aspects represent gestative energies that can lead to great spiritual realizations. Septile series aspects represent forks in the road of destiny, while the elftile series aspects represent issues and points of evolution where we confront the need to resolve some sort of duality by making a leap of faith to attain a form of mastery over that type of duality. This series tests our faith.
The quintile and biquintile (5th harmonic) and related 10th (decile and tredecile), 15th (quindecile), and 20th harmonic (vigintile) aspects are all specialization aspects. You can find more by going to Astrology Class on the Specializing Aspects Pt. 1 – The Quintile and Biquintile, and Astrology Class on the Specializing Aspects Part 2 – The Decile, Tredecile, Quindecile and the Vigintile.
You can find out more about the spiritual aspects (septile, novile, and elftile series) by referencing this brief overview of the Spiritual aspects, complete with glyphs for all of them.
Element Balance and Who’s Leading the Sun
This month we have the 10 traditional planets occupying 5 signs in a very imbalanced element distribution. We have no planets in Fire (inspiration and warmth), 2 planets in Earth (practical grounding, 4 in Water (feelings and experiencing), and 4 in Air (relatedness and communicating). This month we have Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Taurus, and Gemini represented, with no planet in the other signs.
Air and Earth are “cool” elements, while Fire and Water are “hot” elements. With this distribution, we are slightly more cool than hot, with no “lightness and brightness” of Fire, and Water provided by the vast collective fog of Neptune and the other planets in Pisces. Any “lightness” comes from the Aquarian energy, and all of the heaviness comes from the Water in this chart.
Because the New Moon falls in late Pisces, Neptune is the planet currently leading the Sun until Venus conjuncts Neptune just after the New Moon. That means “the Gateway to the Light” for the month involves Neptune, the ruler of Pisces and the vast sea of the collective consciousness, as well as the collective unconscious. Neptune then yields to Venus in Pisces as the way to approach the Greater Light, so allow the exalted Venus in Pisces to be your “compassionate entry” to illumination.
The current sequence at present of Deciding, Feeling, and Thinking
We’ve been through several different sequences over the past few months. There are six patterns, and each has their strengths and weaknesses. We are now in a time of shifting patterns, and this Lunation begins a new one. As a process of moving through events, over the next 4 weeks the most effective “firing sequence” for approaching life and experience involves leading with our vision, thoughts, and understanding, then feeling how we’re experiencing those views and ideas before we find the simple fact that allows us to make decisions.
This pattern leads with its ideas and vision, seeking feelings and hunches to find its way into action. The trick is not to get caught in a loop of letting feelings lead to ideas which then lead to feelings which direct back to ideas. Lead with vision, understanding, and communication, and then take time to feel how you’re experiencing that understanding or vision. Then act.
So follow your ideas, search for understanding, get clear about the view, and then go deep to experience how you’re feeling about it. After you’ve allowed your feelings to give you deeper understanding of your part in the idea or vision, then reduce everything to a simple fact based on which you can make a clear and simple decision you can act on.
Those with deciding/doing at the end of their pattern always need to remember they are on a journey of ten thousand decisions which allow them to take it one step at a time. So during this time period, open to a deeper feeling-knowing, but strive for objectivity and a new view or understanding of whatever presents itself. If you’re ever wondering what to do in a situation, don’t go to your mind; go to your feelings, as then you will know what to do which will lead you to a new view, a new understanding, and new information.
So when you are moved to find a new understanding or more information about something, it should naturally lead to you a deeper or vaster feeling or experience. Once you know how you feel about that vision or information, then you can decide and accordingly. You will find information leading you to new feeling-experiences, which will then allow you to decide and act appropriately.
This New Moon in Pisces continues the dawning of a new day! This opens a deeper Piscean experience of the broader Aquarian possibilities in front of us. We are moving into a time of “feeling-knowing” the interrelatedness of things, continuing our journey into the new 200 year Air Era which will eventually kill out the roots of materialistic separateness. Everything is future oriented, and this New Moon sets a lot of Pisces patterns which will be expanded by Jupiter in early 2022 and crystallized by Saturn in 2024-2025.
Those who can understand the bigger trends are being lifted up as if on wings. This continues to power up the “graduation into a new realm of Being” we began this time last year, and with Aquarius so strong, we continue to live our truths on our own terms within the greater collective consciousness we live in, knowing who our Spiritual Brothers and Sisters are.
Expect a huge acceleration and expansion beginning in April when Jupiter moves through the Transfiguration Zone for the first time since early 2010, so move into the quickening with understanding and breadth of vision. Get a new idea, a new understanding, a new way of viewing the possibilities.
Because the recent Sagittarius Solar Eclipse will be powerful for a long time to come, taking some things away, remember that what’s left will be a balanced way of being happy. If you feel called to mediate, or do prayers and meditations to interrupt or mitigate karma (to whatever degree is permitted), even if you don’t know how to do what to do then imitate a way to do it anyway!
Do not clutch, and learn to dance with the swirl of inspired energies freeing you for greater things. We’ve now entered a period of living our highest inspired teachings, and are no longer bound to the old Earth interpretations and explanations. While we are still feeling the effects of the Capricorn energies set loose in 2020, we also have crossed the threshold of an era unknown to humanity since the 13th and 14th centuries. Even then, we were still in the depth of the Age of Pisces, so the awakening of new ideas then were relative to the old era, whereas what’s coming involves wave after wave of Aquarian energies, pushing us to the coming Great Age emerging in the second half of this century.
As noted earlier, these long wave Aquarian pulses were initially set into motion by the Mars conjunct Saturn at 1 Aquarius on March 31, 2020. This marked the initiation of certain archetypal Aquarian preliminary structures offered by Saturn. The promise and potential of the new Aquarian pulse then began to expand into a greater social and cultural vision beginning at the Jupiter conjunction with Saturn, the Grand Mutation of the Solstice also at 1 Aquarius. So we have 20 years of Aquarian energies set into motion by that conjunction!
Of note is that Mars will transit Aquarius in March and April 2022, giving a new impetus to the Aquarian structures which begin to grow in 2021. After that, the next time Mars transits Aquarius will be in February and March 2024, when it conjuncts Pluto at 1 Aquarius in February about 3 weeks after Pluto’s first ingress into Aquarius. That begins the Pluto in Aquarius “generation” of the 21st century which lasts until 2043. As there will be a Jupiter conjunction with Pluto at 15 Aquarius in 2033, we’ll see the “expansion of the Angels of the Age of Aquarius” at that time.
We are all actively in a long term “metamorphosis” which will open a new adventure for all of us by the Summer of 2021. And because the last two degrees of Aquarius show us what the end of the coming Age of Aquarius is about, last year helped us remember we are Beings of Light, a Superstar shining the Light of our Eternal Love into our world.
Last year’s Solar Eclipses have helped us all turn a Cosmic Corner and move in a new direction. We’ve “lowered one flag and raised a new one” and will continue to do so for many months and years. The “Cosmic Recycler” quality of the Cancer eclipse is helping remove old habits and sentimentalities, and many things which used to be familiar patterns in our lives have ended, are ending, or will end.
Both Eclipses are removing all we do not need in our Cancer and Sagittarius response in the houses they fell in. The Sag Eclipse is removing all which blocks our happiness, and I’m certainly looking forward to the restoration of more humor, more freedom, more largeness of vision, and greater truths and futures promised as old obsolete Sag forms are taken away.
Keep it simple as you further the bonds of fellowship with others who are in your spiritual community. We have entered a long term period of focusing on the fellowship between people, ridding ourselves of preconceptions and opening to a greater sense of grounded connection with our Spiritual Brothers and Sisters.
We’ve awakened to and been practicing some “special quality” in our personality to find new ways of expressing our Higher Self. We have been in training for long term group work, where we can find nourishment among those with whom we are linked on a Soul level. New groups of Spiritual communities formed last year and will continue to form this year, and those which are Aquarian in nature will be “lifted on the wings of angels” in 2021. We are learning not to play to the generic confusion, irrationality, and misleading notions. Revolution is in the air! And when you find things and people of eternal worth, value them with all your heart.
Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend
Saturn has now begun its long stay in its home sign of Aquarius. We still have the individual, mental, and spiritual levels of the group work set into motion last year, but now have entered a new quality of Saturn’s nature. In Aquarius, Saturn continues to be the final dispositor of all planets transiting Capricorn and Aquarius from now through 2023. It was a major influence in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Eclipses, continuing its years-long power behind events.
Because Saturn plays such a large part in ruling the stage of Life for many months and even years to come, if you haven’t gotten your copy already, please give yourself the timeless gift of my book, Saturn: Spiritual Master, Spiritual Friend. We all need to make friends with our inner Saturn if we would claim our power to fulfill our higher purpose for being alive as Spirits in the material world.
Saturn helps us give form and structure to our quest for Self-realization. We now can use the “organized personal structure” we built in in Capricorn and move into our greater Aquarian group work to concretize a spiritual ideal for the future, with an eye to the greatest good for the greatest number. We now continue our structuring and restructuring to fix our spiritual energy making our spiritual life come alive.
This book shows you the way to take command of your power to steer your life in a conscious way, using Saturn’s strengths and skills to be led to mastering life on our own terms. As Saturn is such a dominant energy at this time, by owning our ability to manifest the best of Saturn's virtues in our world, we take command of our destiny and become the living purpose we were born to make manifest!
It was written for both astrologers and non-astrologers, and will assist your understanding of how your life experiences assisted your Soul growth and power to turn away from unhelpful karmic cause and effect patterns. Each time you re-read any part of it you’re sure to find undiscovered gems of insight helping you throw off attitudes which frustrate your ability to live your higher Purpose on your own terms.
Here’s part 1 on this deeply connective, compassionate, and finalizing New Moon, with the overview, dispositors, the Grand Irrationality, Nodes, and more!
© Copyright 2021 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
© Copyright 2021 Robert Wilkinson - https://www.aquariuspapers.com
About the author:
Robert wilkinson An internationally-known astrologer, author, public speaker, metaphysician, and futurist, with over 25 years experience as a counselor and educator. He has presented hundreds of public talks on all aspects of Astrology, the Eastern Wisdom tradition, the Western Wisdom tradition and promoted many mass gatherings and cultural events. Some of his specific areas of interest and expertise include personality profiles, degree patterns, integrative astrology, various aspect harmonics, among others.
Reprinted on crystalwind.ca. with persmission from Robert Wilkinson.
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